1st Edition

Understanding Emotional Problems
The REBT Perspective

ISBN 9780415481977
Published January 22, 2009 by Routledge
152 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) is an approach to counselling and psychotherapy rooted in the CBT tradition and one that has a distinctive perspective on emotional problems.

Understanding Emotional Problems provides an accurate understanding of the REBT perspective on eight major emotional problems for which help is sought:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • shame
  • guilt
  • unhealthy anger
  • hurt
  • unhealthy jealousy
  • unhealthy envy.

Rather than discussing treatment methods, Windy Dryden encourages the reader to accurately understand these problems and suggests that a clear, correct understanding of each disorder will provide a firm foundation for effective treatment.

This concise, straightforward text presents each emotional problem in a similar way, allowing the reader to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between problems. Understanding Emotional Problems will be essential reading for therapists both in training and in practice.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Understanding Anxiety. Understanding Depression. Understanding Shame. Understanding Guilt. Understanding Unhealthy Anger. Understanding Hurt. Understanding Unhealthy Jealousy. Understanding Unhealthy Envy. How People Maintain Emotional Problems.

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Windy Dryden is Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths College, London


"Windy Dryden has written a concise and informative book on how to understand the eight major emotional problems that clients present with, using rational emotive behaviour therapy… This would be an excellent reference book or something to dip into when a client has any of these symptoms, as it provides a more cognitive way of looking at the reasons for the disorders." – Kate Lacy, The Independent Practitioner, Spring 2009